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When Others Shuddered By Jamie Janosz

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"When Others Shuddered, Eight Women Who Refused To Give Up" By Jamie Janosz is a good book about eight women who stayed strong and worked hard for Jesus Christ.  The eight women that Jamie Janosz writes about are Fanny Crosby, "Emma" Dryer, "Nettie" McCormick, Sarah Clarke, Amanda Smith, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Mary Bethune.  All of these women were born and lived in the 1800's up until the early 1930's.  Fanny Crosby was the only one I knew who she was before this book. This book really gets me into wanting to learn even more about each of these women.  Each was a powerful woman that lived for Christ in her time and went against the norms or what was expected of them. Also most of them had a connection to D.L. Moody.

Fanny Crosby was a famous hymn writer that was blinded since childhood, we still sing a lot of her hymns today.  "Emma" Dryer whose dream was to build a Bible School and with emphasis to also educate women bi…

A must read by everyone "The Waiting" By Cathy LaGrow

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"The Waiting: The true story of a lost child, a lifetime of longing, and a miracle for a mother who never gave up" by Cathy LaGrow with Cindy Coloma.  This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read.  It is a true story about this wonderful (who I would love to meet) woman name Minka finding her daughter after 77 years.  She was raped when she was just 16 years old in 1928 and she gave up her daughter, Betty Jane, to adoption praying that her little girl would have a good life.  Well when she gave her up, she did not give her up in her heart.  She constantly wrote letters to her until the birth of her 2nd with her husband Roy in 1947.  Most of the book is about Minka and her life from a little bit from childhood, the rape all the way to today.  Yes, I said today as of today she is still alive, yes she was born in 1911. An amazing and strong woman!  We find her meeting her husband Roy, with him coming home from World War 2 with PTSD.   Her close friendship with her y…

A Broken Kind Of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

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"A Broken Kind Of Beautiful" by Katie Ganshert is a very good novel about redemption.  This has been one of the best novels I have read in the last few months.  I was on the fence about picking this book to review but I am so glad I did.  Our main character is a young woman name Ivy Clark a model .  We find at the beginning Ivy at the funeral of her father and her stepmother Marilyn. She is a very bitter woman as we find out her dad had with his mistress.  He did not love her and her mother was an addict that did care for her but like she needed to be.  Ivy's step-mother Marilyn does love her unconditionally even though she is the product of her husband's affair which is why Ivy can't understand her love.  Ivy's Uncle (her dad's brother)is also her agent and a very hard nosed one that picked Ivy as a model when she was a teenager. Now at the age of 25 she is at the end of her modeling career but does not want to end.  She is sent to model wedding dresses…

Very Powerful Book "Out Of The Depths" by Edgar Harrell, USMC

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"Out Of The Depths" By Edgar Harrell USMC is a very powerful book of how he survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War 2.  I know you are probable saying never heard of it well neither did I before reading this book.  Even if you are not a fan of reading history books or war history to me this is a must read for everyone.  Mr. Harrell was on the USS Indianapolis when it made a very important and secretive delivery of  uranium-235 to our base in the island of Tinian which unknown to him and his fellow soldiers this was the fuel for the atomic bombs that would be used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Four days later after leaving there delivery in Tinian the ship was sank by Japanese submarines in the Philippines waters. For fours days men that survived the sinking had were trying to survive on the debris of the USS Indianapolis suffering from injuries, and oil burns.  These men had to watch as friends and fellow soldiers would die from injuries, shark attacks, a…

Easter/Resurrection Sunday Memory

As Easter/Resurrection Sunday approaches it always takes me back to 2010 spending Easter in ICU at Dorenbechers Hospital with my youngest son.  I almost even forgot it was Easter that day until I came into his room and seeing the Easter Basket that was left for him(Our oldest and I stayed the night before with my SIL while my DH stayed with our son).  Then the nurses came around letting us know that a church had brought Easter brunch for all the patients visitors and staff in ICU.  It almost made me cry as I usually cook for my family on the big dinners but that year I for some reason decided I did not want to put on a big dinner.  God knew where we would be that Easter.  I still remember being numb from the life flight him and I took the day before, its a feeling I have felt not felt since.  But this food I got to share with my SIL (my DH was in the ICU room with our son as one of us or a family member was always next to him) was such a blessing.  The love and care that this church (…

A Shining Light by Judith Miller

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"A Shining Light" by Judith Miller is the newest book in her collection about the community of West Amana, Iowa. At the beginning of the book we found our main character Andrea with her young son Lukas finding out that her husband is dead at sea.  She decides she is going to go home to her father and the community of West Amana in Iowa.  When Andrea gets back home she finds her father's home has burned down and then she finds out that her father was killed in the fire. She also finds out that her dad sold the property the community.  I have to admit at this point in the story I thought I knew where the story was going but I was wrong.  Yes a mystery does happen but not the one you would think.  Andrea decides to stay in the close Christian group she grew up in West Amana, she is not sure on how they will treat her as she had left home and married an outsider.  Her son in my opinion is the one who helps her soften her to the community and to his new friend/mentor the tin…

All Things Hidden By Tracie Peterson

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Summary All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson is one of the newest books by Tracie Peterson.  It takes place mainly in 1930's Alaska but also in Chicago.  Are two hero's in the book are a young woman named Gwyn Hillerman and a upstart Doctor Jeremiah Vaughan.  We find at the beginning Gwyn in Alaska helping her father who is a doctor and Jeremiah losing his medical license and finance all in the same day.  The past of Jeremiah and another person in the village will come to haunt and harm the couple as they become friends and of course as their love blossoms.

My Opinion First off I don't remember requesting this book as too me it seemed to be like a lot of books I have read.  And I was right its the typical Christian Romance Historical Fiction style of someone has something bad happen/heart broken then they travel to a rural area where someone else is fighting with issues.  They meet up but wait some other type of mystery is going on in this rural area and the couple fall in …

A Stillness of Chimes By Meg Mosley a good Christian mystery novel

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Have you been looking for a good clean mystery novel?  Well look no further than the novel "A Stillness of Chimes" by Meg Moseley.  The book starts with a innocent remembrance of two young girls, Laura and Cassie picking berries with Cassie's younger sister nicknamed Tigger and their friend Sean. What they don't realize that innocent day will change their lives forever in ways they will not understand for a long time.  Then the book jumps to 18 years late where we find Laura back home to bury her mother.  He father had died years prior or did he, as there have been rumors around town that her dad has been seen around the town.  We find that Laura's childhood was not always peaches and sunshine since her dad suffered from PTSD due to the Vietnam War.  Also her old friend Sean whose dad is an abusive man and cause trouble for people shows back up in her life.  The book takes us through the trials of Laura as she tries to deal with the loss of her mom and the rumor…

Following the crowd?

This thought will probable be a short one.  I am realizing I don't follow trends either secular or Christian.  Sometimes I feel that I am the odd one out that I don't follow the Christian crowd liking the same music or wanting to see the same movies or the same books.  But that's ok following the crowd is not always a good thing.  The crowd is fickle one moment this is cool and a must see and then its the next thing out there.  As Christians we need to remember just cause somethings says its Christian or about God make sure it is.  A lot of what is supposed to be Christian out there is not but most American Christians would not know that as they are not in their Bibles.  Yes I struggle with being in my Bible constantly also but that is no excuse not to verify what is being taught.  Too many times I see people following Christian trends cause it makes them feel good and then are shocked when it comes out that the person, or item is not Christian. Especially when the evidenc…